For as long as I can remember, I have been an Atlanta Braves fan. With my home being just under three hours from Atlanta, I chose them as the team I would cheer for simply because they were closest in proximity to me. I started attending games at a very young age. I would do anything to be able to take a trip to Turner Field and watch them play. I had posters in my room of Chipper Jones, Jeff Francoeur, and Tom Glavine. I grew up idolizing these guys. Chipper was a Brave until he retired, but as for Jeff and Tom, they have different stories. Tom was traded away to the Mets, and Jeff has been traded more times than I can count in the last few years. This is a part of Major League Baseball. Players are traded every year, whether they like it or not.
This past offseason, the Braves have made some very questionable moves. They traded Jason Heyward and Justin Upton. Two great players that I was sad to see go. After that, Melvin Upton Jr., who was overpaid for very poor play over the last few years. I agreed with that trade. He was making big bucks to under .200 the previous two seasons. As I said before, these trades are a part of baseball, but there was one trades the Braves made that really made me mad. Craig Kimbrel was traded to the Padres. The right-handed closer was traded the day before the season started, leaving many fans very upset.
I know trades are a part of baseball. All I can say to the Braves front office is that I hope they know what they are doing. Many people are calling it a rebuilding process, and they are right, but front Braves’ fans sake I hope this works. I realize that the team may not be great this year, but hopefully this will lead into a brighter future for Atlanta Braves baseball.